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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice to FPL Gameweek 23

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 23 ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

The big news is the announcement of more Double Gameweeks in 24 and 25. Legomané updated his ticker, which includes non-Premier League matches.

Manchester City, Everton, Burnley, Fulham, Southampton and Leeds are the six teams to benefit from an extra fixture. 

There will also be a double in Gameweek 26, but which teams play twice depends on the FA Cup results in midweek. The winners will have their Gameweek 29 matches shifted to 26.

The other outstanding fixtures yet to be rescheduled are: 

  • Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Aston Villa vs Everton
  • Manchester City vs Southampton
  • Fulham vs Tottenham

Six and the City

The Man City backline continues to dish out regular six-point returns thanks to their incredible run of clean sheets. Provided, that is, your selected defenders make the starting XI.

John Stones (£5.2m) returned to the starting XI against Burnley but with Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) fit and available there’s now the risk of a benching, as happened against Sheffield United.

Some on site, such as Camzy, are considering switching to one City defender and two attackers. And, whisper it softly, on the Scoutcast Karam even suggested selling Ilkay Gündogan (£5.9m) for those who want to stick with two at the back.

The reason is Raheem Sterling (£11.6m):

I started to like someone else, he’s not performing at £11.6m just yet, but if I want to move away from defence and I want to stay in attack, then I think I would take a risk on Sterling … his expected goals is 2.31, the most of any City asset over the last four Gameweeks … for me – as someone who is struggling now with the rank – the fixtures are there for scoring goals, I think Sterling is worth a shout. Now I know Gündogan is crazy value, which I agree, but if you need that element of taking a risk – and we know that Sterling is capable of braces, and he looked good against Burnley.

– Karam

Seb added:

The only thing on Gündogan is … he’s created nine chances in the last three but only had three shots – two of those were goals. In the last match he had an xG of 0.03 … I’d just keep an eye on if things are shifting or how City are playing against a deep defence, whether Gündogan is the goalscorer. For me that would just be the difference whether I captain him or not – not whether I have him or not.

– Seb

David noted the impact of Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) over the last two matches, his presence in the City team does stop Gündogan from shooting as often.

But the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder remained a creative force, fashioning two big chances for Sterling and creating five goal scoring opportunities in total – the most of any player at Turf Moor.

Another factor in the German’s favour is that his ‘expected minutes’, something Career Hall of Fame No 1, Fábio Borges, places great importance on, is high:

Gündogan has less competition to worry about and seems to be in the form of his life so I’m hoping he will play both matches [over the Double Gameweek]. The fact that he could be on penalties and is ridiculously priced at £5.9 million makes him a much better pick than Sterling in my opinion … if I didn’t already have Dias and Gündogan in my squad, they would definitely be my main transfer targets from Guardiola’s team.

– Fábio

Fábio talked through his transfer targets for the upcoming small Double Gameweeks in his latest FFScout contribution. Nick Pope (£5.5m) or a Burnley defender were high on his list of priorities given their favourable fixtures.

While fellow Pro Pundit Lateriser touted Luke Shaw (£4.9m) in his recent article:

With Shaw, you are not just dependent on clean sheet points. He’s become incredibly vital to the Red Devils and is a ball progressor and an attacking outlet on that left-hand side. In the last six Gameweeks, Shaw has created 19 chances, which is top amongst all defenders. Shaw is also top for big chances created (five) in the same period and is on some set pieces and corners.

– Lateriser

And the highest ranked of our elite contributors, Andy, who climbed another 200 places to 479th overall after Gameweek 22, reviewed his season so far, reflecting on what has worked well for him

This year I’ve made a conscious decision to always have who I believe is the best captain each week, even if that means transferring out a big hitter. This sounds simple, but often FPL managers will forgo the best captain because they don’t want to sell a big hitter … I’ve sold Salah, Son, and Kane twice already this season and I’ve found not having value wrapped up in them makes my decisions much easier knowing I can just buy them back as there’s no money “lost”.

– Andy

Captaincy Debate

The armband for Andy this week is firmly on Son Heung-min (£9.7m) ahead of an encounter against West Brom’s obliging defence. 

However, Captain Sensible writer, Jan, does not necessarily agree:

Despite receiving plenty of attention in the captaincy debate for Gameweek 22, I do not think Son is necessarily as strong a candidate as some might think.

– Jan

Jan notes the slump in form for Tottenham Hotspur along with the poor underlying statistics for Son in particular – his total of 15 touches in the box over his last four matches is bettered by 33 Premier League players.

So while West Brom have conceded two goals in each of their last seven matches, could a defensive approach from Sam Allardyce frustrate an off-colour Spurs?

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) are alternatives from a buoyant Manchester United side, and West Ham’s Michail Antonio (£6.7m) could prosper against Fulham. 

Fernandes is my top captaincy pick for Gameweek 23. Given that his underlying statistics are continuously impressive and his Manchester United colleagues are back in their groove, he could easily repeat the haul he achieved the last time Manchester United faced Everton.

– Jan

However for David – who enjoyed a successful 17-Gameweek captain run back in 2018/19 – Antonio is his favoured armband selection from this week’s Scout Picks.

The in-form West Ham striker has hit attacking returns in four of his five last games. With the highest expected goals rating of any forward in the last six Gameweeks, we are backing Antonio to continue his impressive form against a Fulham side whose recent defensive improvements have stuttered.

– Scout Picks

Team News

In the Team News, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) is set to return following his hernia operation, while Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) could be a useful asset in the absence of Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) over the coming weeks.

And Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

While from Pep Guardiola’s Friday press conference, we received confirmation that Sergio Aguero (£10.3m), Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Nathan Aké (£5.4m) are still on the sidelines with their respective issues.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning rounded-up the latest Community mini-leagues and competitions

Pro Pundit Andy’s youtube.com/letstalkfpl mini-league is currently the Best League in FPL based on the average score of the top five teams, taking over from our Community Members League, which slips to third.

For those participating in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 23 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

May your arrows be green!

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2,746 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Stones Brewster to Antonio Lowton?

    1. mrelpea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yes

    2. JVALDEZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Definitely

    3. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah

  2. mwa1t
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Can anyone else see a Southampton CS incoming? Vesteergard might be back.

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Na

    • HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Narrowing captaincy choices this week

      Is Son don’t buy don’t sell? Prefer to roll a transfer
      Own Salah Bruno Sterling...but really leaning towards Antonio captain this week

      Thoughts here?

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I wouldn’t buy Son

      2. Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Same dilemma went for bruno

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Bruno, Raph, Dallas or Son for capt?

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Bruno of those

      2. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Tempted by Dallas

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Got a feeling on Raph if fancy punting

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I like this too.

          Just can't fit him in yet.

      4. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Bruno for you I guess or Son for differential..

      5. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Raph

      6. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Son

        Need a differential in my ML

      7. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Son

      8. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Son. Trust me 😀

    • Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Gtg? 1FT 4.5itb

      Martinez
      Stones coufal rudiger
      Salah sterling Bruno(c) son soucek
      Antonio bamford

      Forster Mitchell holding davis

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Would consider Salah to Raphinha. I did that

        1. Abaddon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah. Considering that move. Scary tho. Talk me onto it

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I've got £8.5 million in the bank for DCL to Vardy or Kane on their return!

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I was but I went to Soucek on the next 2 fixtures.

    • linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Already hav Coufal in my team who to play:

      A Fabianski
      B McCarthy

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Fab, SOU are not reliable at the moment

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      where do you guys find CS odds?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Bookies

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          thanks

    • Kasper the ghost keeper
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Watkins to Antonio or save?

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Do it

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Save

      3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Villa double double coming

      4. pitstop1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Keep, you’ll be wanting Watkins over Antonio in two GW time.

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Is Bruno the safer captain pick for high ranks with EO% pretty high in the top 10k? Have a feeling a higher split in that category might go with Antonio or Son instead... :/

    • Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      DDG -> Pope worth doing if WCing 25?

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yes

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        YEs

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Felt sideways, fine if WC25 but I would target higher upside potential

        1. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Looking at these - whatcha reckon?

          A) DDG -> Pope
          B) Mitchell -> Mee
          C) Watkins -> Antonio
          D) Salah -> Son
          E) Save FT

          DDG
          Bellerin, Cancelo, Coufal
          Salah, Sterling, Bruno, Gundogan
          Bamford, DCL, Watkins

          Forster, Targett, Martinelli, Mitchell
          Bank 2.5m, 1FT, ALL CHIPS

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            B bench DCL or save FT

      4. Abaddon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I am thinking of doing it, and I have no WC left

    • DavidHopkin
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Johnstone and chilwell to pope and holgate ?

      1. Genji3lade
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yes to Johnstone out for Pope.

        I would start Chiwell this week

    • DBossman_2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Bench Mee, Dias or Coufal

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Dias easily

      2. DavidHopkin
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Mee

      3. Gowiththeflow
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Don’t want to play all of them?

      4. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I’ll back Brighton to score so Mee bench

      5. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Dias

    • tabby98
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Who to captain?
      A) Bruno
      B) Son
      C) Bamford
      D) Antonio

      This is really giving me a headache

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        D all day

      2. Genji3lade
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        D

      3. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A Bruno

      4. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        B

    • Muscout
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Bench one:
      A) Gundo
      B) DCL
      C) Salah
      D) Barnes

      Captain:
      A) Son
      B) Bruno
      C) Bamford

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Bench dcl

      2. Gowiththeflow
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        B
        A

      3. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        B A

    • Gowiththeflow
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Play one of those:

      Robo
      Stones
      Holding

      (Dias / Coufal / ?)

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Probably Robbo just because of the potential for attacking returns.

        1. Gowiththeflow
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Currently on him just for that reason. Thanks

    • Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Play:
      A) Cancelo
      B) Shaw

      First to 5 wins.

      Last decision to make so appreciate the help. Good luck everyone.

      1. JVALDEZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Play shaw

      2. DavidHopkin
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Cancelo

    • Wayne Enterprises
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      2/3 to start

      Pogba
      Gundo
      Barnes

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Barnes and Gundo.

    • What am I doing?
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Play

      Mee
      or
      Cancelo
      ?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Cancelo 100%

        1. What am I doing?
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          thanks bro

      2. DavidHopkin
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Canceko

      3. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Cs odds are similar, so cancelo for attacking potential

    • Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Taylor going to be back for DGW?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Ask Dyche

    • Il Capitano
        2 months, 8 days ago

        1FT 4.5m ITB

        McCarthy
        Coufal Cancelo Justin
        Soucek Salah Son (VC) Gundogan Bruno (C)
        Bamford Antonio

        Johnstone - Adams Lowton Stones

        GTG and step away from the keyboard time or any changes to be made?

      • Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        G2G Save free transfer not holding out much hope for clean sheets

        Martinez
        Konsa Stones Cancelo
        Salah Son(c) Bruno Soucek
        Bamford DCL Antonio

        Steele Mahrez Holding Mitchell

        Or start holding over konsa?

        Cheers

      • linkafu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Look like people forgot that Gundo is City penalty taker

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Are you sure? Might be Sterling also...

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Did you see Sterlings last penalty?

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Martinez to Pope? WC25 incoming

      • dsefton
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Captain
        A) Antonio
        B) Bruno

        1. DavidHopkin
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I’m chasing and leader doesn’t have Antonio, so leaning to Antonio

      • Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Captain Son or Antonio?

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        The hype for Pope and Mee is unreal here 😆

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Trap

      • Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Gone bruno (c) Antonio (vc)

        Tiny bit anxious Antonio may be rested ahead on Tuesday united cup match

      • Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Start which one??

        A) Lowton (BHA)
        B) Maguire (EVE)

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          B

      • Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        this is the gwk of bench whinging ,mine is ederson,saka,dcl,trent just wow was,martinez,salah,cancelo,trent

      • Pickle juice
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Start cancelo or justin

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Cancelo for me

        2. Bob.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Cancelo

        3. DavidHopkin
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I’ve started both

        4. Pickle juice
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Ok differ question which 2 out of this three ...

          A.justin
          B.coufal
          C.dallas